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SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION CALENDAR OF EVENTS--2018

To determine events being held at the National Park sites along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, please visit the following links:
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site -- http://www.nps.gov/beol/planyourvisit/calendar.htm 
Fort Larned National Historic Site -- http://www.nps.gov/fols/planyourvisit/calendar.htm 
Fort Union National Monument -- http://www.nps.gov/foun/planyourvisit/calendar.htm 
Pecos National Historic Park -- http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/index.htm

 

------March Events------

March 10, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter and the Corazon Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meet together for a tour of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, as well as the Fort archives. Bring along a sack lunch to enjoy in the picnic area. Entrance fee, $3.00/person, or Golden Age NPS Passport.  For more information, and to be included in head count, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.
Schedule is as follows:
9:30 a.m.          Arrive at Bent's Old Fort and travel to the Fort via golf carts.
10:00 a.m.        Archive Presentation
11:00 a.m.        Break
11:15 a.m.        "Behind the Scenes" panel discussion with BOF staff. 
12 Noon            Lunch in the picnic area
1:00 p.m.          Tour of the entire Fort. 

March 15-18, 2018:  National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association 11th Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ.  For more information:  www.stagecoachfreightwagon.org

March 17, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--Frontier Skills Day.  Adults are invited to take on various roles at the fort for a day. Be a hunter, blacksmith, trader, carpenter, laborer, or domestic. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Call (719) 383-5026 for information and application. Registration opens on January 3, 2018.
March 17, 2018:   End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association and the NM Historical Society program, “Star of David on the Santa Fe Trail:  Jewish New Mexico,” presented by Naomi Sandweiss, 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside Branch, 6599 Jaquar Drive, Santa Fe, NM.  For more information: Joy Poole at amusejoy@msn.com or 505-820-7828.
March 18, 2018:  Kaw Mission Council - Kansas Native Americans program, “The Pawnee,” presented by Richard Gould, Pawnee Indian Village State Historic Site administrator, at 2 p.m. Open to the Public. A suggested donation will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the program by the Friends of Kaw Heritage.  For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.
March 24, 2018: Pecos National Historical Park, NM, Civil War Encampment, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, for more information:  505-757-7241.
March 25, 2018:  Missouri River Outfitter’s Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association membership meeting, 2 p.m., National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific, Independence, MO.  For more information, contact chapter president Larry Short at ldshort@comcast.net or 816-835-4397.

 

------April Events------

April 14, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association annual clean-up day at Boggsville. Bring along a few rags, your cleaning supplies, rakes and a little "elbow grease" to help make Boggsville shine.  For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.
April 15, 2018:  Kaw Mission Council - Kansas Native Americans – “Quivira Re-Examined,” presented by Dr. Donald Blakeslee, Wichita State University, at 2 p.m. Open to the Public. A suggested donation will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the program by the Friends of Kaw Heritage.  For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.
April 19, 2018:  Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association chapter meeting, dinner and program.  John Sharp presenting the program, “Sam Wood, Saint or Sinner.”  6:00 p.m. Goessel Community Center, 101 S. Cedar, Goessel, KS.  To make reservations for the meal: dowens@fhrd.net  For more information, contact chapter president, Steve Schmidt at wfordok@yahoo.com or 620-245-0715.

April 19, 2018:  Santa Fe Trail Association and National Park Service, National Trails Intermountain Region Workshop.  1:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Council Grove Events and Recreation Center (the old National Guard Armory), 1018 Old US Highway 56, Council Grove, KS.  For more information:  manager@santafetrail.org
April 20, 2018:  Santa Fe Trail Association Board of Directors Meeting, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Council Grove Events and Recreation Center (the old National Guard Armory), 1018 Old US Highway 56, Council Grove, KS.  For more information:  manager@santafetrail.org

April 20 & 21, 2018Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous at Council Grove - 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act.  Activities and events for the whole family.  For more information, see:  https://www.councilgrove.com/events

April 20, 2018: Groundbreaking at Trailhead at Rock Creek Crossing Project, 4:00 p.m. Located about ½ mile north of Hwy 56 on S. 200 Road, Morris County, KS.  For more information contact:  manager@santafetrail.org

April 20, 2018:  Last Chance Store in Council Grove, KS open at 6:00 p.m.  Gather to see this historic site on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and learn about its history.
For more information, contact:  mark.brooks@ks.gov

April 20, 2018:  “Night at the Mission” 7:00 p.m. at the Kaw Mission, 500 N. Mission Street.  View artifacts recovered from the Last Chance Store archaeological dig and visit with experts about them.  Light h’dourves served.  For more information, contact:  mark.brooks@ks.gov

April 21, 2018:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous at Council Grove  A full day of free activities for the whole family.  For more information, see:  https://www.councilgrove.com/events
April 21, 2018:  4:00 p.m. Rendezvous on Santa Fe Trail Geocaching event & picnic.  For more information:  https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC7J2R9_rendezvous-on-santa-fe-trails
April 21, 2018:  6:30 p.m.  Speaker/Kaw Dance at Allegawaho Arbor, Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park, S 525 Road, Council Grove, KS.  For more information:  khaun@tctelco.net

April 28, 2018:  Corazon Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association tour of Johnson Mesa sites.  For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.

April 28, 2018:  Fort Larned Old Guard Mess and Muster, “Weapons & Hunting on the Great Plains,” Fort Larned NHS and Larned Community Center.  For more information or to make reservations:  888-321-7341.
April 29, 2018:  Wet/Dry Routes Chapter and the Dodge City/Fort Dodge/Cimarron Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association joint meeting, lunch and program presented by George Elmore, Fort Larned, NHS, about Corporal Leander Herron, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for an act of bravery performed while transporting the mail from Fort Dodge to Fort Larned on the evening of September 1, 1868. A home-cooked lunch will be served (cost $15.00/person) at 1:00 p.m. at the Kinsley Municipal Building, 721 Marsh Ave, Kinsley, KS 67547.  For more information and to make meal reservations, contact Alice at 620-285-3295 or adsaddle@cox.net

April 29, 2018: Pecos National Historic Park hike to Arrowhead Pueblo, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  For more information: 505-575-7241

 

------May Events------

May 5, 2018: Pecos National Historic Park hike to Lost Church, 8:30 - 10:30 am.  For more information:  505-575-7241
May 12 – September 2, 2018: Trails and Rails Trips:  Volunteers narrate excursions aboard Amtrak’s Southwest Chief departing La Junta, CO on Saturdays and Sundays for day trips to Las Vegas, NM. Make travel arrangements through Amtrak. For more information, call (719) 383- 5024. (Trips are subject to cancellation due to late running trains.)
May 19, 2018:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, Program, business meeting and lunch at the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, NM, 11:30 a.m. Steve Zimmer will speak about Jicarilla Apaches.  For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.

May 19, 2018:   End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association and the NM Historical Society program, The Huning Family, German Merchants in New Mexico” presented by Baldwin G. Burr, contract photo archivist at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts.  1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside Branch, 6599 Jaquar Drive, Santa Fe, NM.  For more information: Joy Poole at amusejoy@msn.com or 505-820-7828.
May 20, 2018:  Kaw Mission Council - Kansas Native Americans – “Lucy Tayiah Eads - Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians,” presented by Pauline Sharp, at 2 p.m. Open to the Public. A suggested donation will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the program by the Friends of Kaw Heritage.  For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.
Late May (Exact date TBD), 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will join Emick & Sons Ranch south of Lamar as they will be dedicating the portion of the Granada/Ft. Union Military Road that goes through their ranch.

 

------June Events------

June 2, 2018:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association partners with other historical organizations to celebrate Trails Day, 2018!  Gather at the Pavillion at Lone Elm Park, 21151 W 167th St, Olathe, KS 66062, 10:00 a.m.  For more information:  ldshort@comcast.net
June 8 – 9, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--Santa Fe Trail Encampment.  The park’s main living history event for the year will feature historic interpretations of Santa Fe Trail traders, U.S. Army soldiers and Plains Indians. Experience the hey-day of the trail through ongoing demonstrations. Camps, set up near the fort, will be open for touring. For more information, Call (719) 383-5026.
June 10, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site will feature a Santa Fe Trail wagon caravan. For more information, call (719) 383-5023.  
June 15-17, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association field trip to Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. This will be an overnight trip to explore the lands once ranched by Charles Goodnight, find the ruins of the Adobe Walls, and possibly see Texas, the outdoor musical. Reservations required.  For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.
June 16, 2018:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, meet at Fort Union National Monument, 12:30 p.m., for a special luncheon and program to honor Faye Gaines as "Defender of the Santa Fe Trail" and her long service as a board member of the SFTA - Linda Davis will be moderator.  For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.
June 16, 2018:  Kaw Mission Council - Kansas Native Americans - Kanza Interpretive Dancers on the Grounds of the Kaw Mission at 2 p.m.  Open to the Public. A suggested donation will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the program by the Friends of Kaw Heritage.  For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.

June 21, 2018:  Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, dinner, meeting and program presented by Ellen Jones, NPS Ranger, Fort Larned National Historic Site, “Hispanics on the Santa Fe Trail”.   To make reservations for the meal: dowens@fhrd.net For more information, contact chapter president, Steve Schmidt at wfordok@yahoo.com or 620-245-0715.

 

------July Events------

July 4, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.  Old-Fashioned 4th Enjoy an afternoon of patriotic festivities including cannon firings, orations, games, and refreshments as the post celebrates Independence Day in 1840s-style. For more information, Call (719) 383-5026.
July 7, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--Kids’ Quarters.   Children, ages 7 to 11, get to “step back in time” and experience the life of a fort employee, customer, or visitor. Pre-registration is required. Call (719) 383-5026 for an application or print one off from the park website starting May 2, 2018.
July 14, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting and speaker at the Grand Theatre, 405 S Main Street, Rocky Ford, CO.  For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.
July 15, 2018:  Kaw Mission Council - Kansas Native Americans. “From Kanza Prairie to the White House- Grandma Curtis,” presented by Kitty Frank, 2 p.m. Open to the Public. A suggested donation will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the program by the Friends of Kaw Heritage.  For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.

July 21, 2018:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, Tour of Watrous and Tiptonville sites - Meet @ 10:00 am at Park adjacent to Fire Station. Bring your own lunch. For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.

 

------August Events------

August 11, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter and Corazon Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association join together for a field trip to Trinidad and Stonewall, CO. Proposed stops on this tour will be the Bar NI Ranch in Stonewall where Captain and Marion Sloan Russell homesteaded around 1871 and we will visit her grave in a beautiful mountain setting.    For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.
August 12, 2018:  Kaw Mission Council - Community Band and Ice Cream Social.  Bring your lawn chairs, 6 p.m. Open to the Public. A suggested donation will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the program by the Friends of Kaw Heritage.  For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.

 

------September Events ------

September 14 &15, 2018:  Mountain Men Rendezvous at the Mission, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Open to the Public. For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.

September 14 &15, 2018: Voices of the Wind People pageant, in the old Neosho Riverbed Amphitheater at 8pm each night. Tickets available through the Council Grove Chamber of Commerce, 207 W. Main Street, Council Grove, KS 66846; TEL: 620-767-5413; E-MAIL: voicesotwp@gmail.com 
September 15, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--Hispanic Heritage Day. One 19th -century visitor remarked that, “Spanish is the prevailing language spoken at the fort…” Come visit as the rich and colorful history of Mexico’s frontier comes alive with period adobe work, music and dance, trading, cooking, storytelling, livestock use demonstrations and other special programs. For more information, Call (719) 383-5026.
September 15, 2018:   End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association program.  Presentation by Camilla Kattell, author of At the Confluence of Two Cultures:  William and George Bent Confront Manifest Destiny 1829-1918.  1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside Branch, 6599 Jaquar Drive, Santa Fe, NM.  For more information: Joy Poole at amusejoy@msn.com or 505-820-7828.
September 20, 2018:  Santa Fe Trail Association Board of Directors Meeting, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Santa Fe Trail Center, 1349 K-156 Highway, Larned, KS.

September 20-22, 2018:  The 19th biennial Rendezvous history seminar will explore this year’s theme, Death on the Santa Fe Trail through presentations by scholars, authorities on Trail history, re-enactors, and through living history presentations.  This is a 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act event. More details will be available at: www.santafetrailcenter.org

 

------October Events ------

October 13, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association field trip to historic sites in the vicinity of Kim, CO.  For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.
October 20, 2018:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, tour of the Santa Fe Trail ruts and swales at Fort Union National Monument - Doyle Daves, leader.  For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.

October 20, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--Native American Heritage Day. The park celebrates the close relationship between the fort and the tribes of the Plains. Talks, videos, and demonstrations will highlight the stories of the Plains Tribes. Workshops may include Native American skills such as beadwork and parfleche making (rawhide containers).  For more information, Call (719) 383-5026.
October 21, 2018:  Kaw Mission Council - Kansas Native American. “The Osage Nation-Children of the Middle Waters,” presented by Mike Dickey, Arrow Rock Site Administrator, at 2 p.m. Open to the Public. A suggested donation will accepted. Refreshments will be served after the program by the Friends of Kaw Heritage.  For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.

 

------November Events ------

November 10, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Education Meeting.  For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.
November 17, 2018:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, 10:30 a.m. membership meeting with speaker, followed by lunch.  Meet at Charlies Spic and Span, 715 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas.  For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.

November 17, 2018:   End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association program.  Presentation by Leo Oliva, PhD, “Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail,”  1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside Branch, 6599 Jaquar Drive, Santa Fe, NM.  For more information: Joy Poole at amusejoy@msn.com or 505-820-7828.

 

------December Events ------

December 6.2018:  Christmas Open House at the Kaw Mission State Historic Site, 500 North Mission, Council Grove, Kansas, 7 p.m, Open to the Public. A suggested donation will accepted. Refreshments will be served by the Friends of Kaw Heritage. For more information contact director, Mark Brooks, Mark.Brooks@ks.gov or 620-767-5410.

December 7 – 8, 2018:  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--Traditional Holiday Celebration.  Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, foods, and festivities will enliven the fort. Reservations needed for the evening candlelight tours, phone (719) 383-5026 starting November 1, 2018.  For more information, Call (719) 383-5026.
December 8, 2018:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Board Planning Meeting.  For more information, contact chapter president Kevin Lindahl at kc0riy@live.com or 719-469-1894.

 

------FUTURE EVENTS------

--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2019 EVENTS
March 30, 2019: SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD
Sept. 25, 2019:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, St. Louis, MO 
Sept. 25-28, 2019:  SFTA Symposium, “Gateway to Santa Fe,” St. Louis, MO.

 

--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2020 EVENTS
 April 16-18, 2020:  SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD
Sept. 24, 2020:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, Larned, KS
Sept. 24-26, 2020:   Rendezvous 2020, Larned, KS

 

--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2021 EVENTS including 200th Commemoration Activities
April 17, 2021:  SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD
May 8, 2021:  McPherson County All-Schools Day, Cottonwood Crossing & Quivira Chapter event.
June 12, 2021:  Symphony in the Flint Hills on the Santa Fe Trail.

September 1, 2021:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association to host Official 200th Commemoration Activity:  To acknowledge the departure of William Becknell and companions, MRO will host a short program at the site of the SFTA markers at Franklin, then day-long activities at Arrow Rock, MO.  This will be a joint commemoration with Arrow Rock Missouri State  Park (DNR) and Friends of Arrow Rock.  More details to follow. 

September 4-5, 2021, Official 200th Commemoration Activity:  Weekend commemoration at Fort Osage.  Sponsored by MRO/SFTA, Jackson County Parks & Rec and the Society of Friends of Fort Osage.  More details to follow. 

September 8, 2021, Official 200th Commemoration ActivityMissouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will host a program at Nine-Mile Point, Weltner Park at 79th and State Line Road in Prairie Village, KS.  Nine-Mile Point is the location where the early trace of the Santa Fe Trail crossed the Missouri state line in the 1820s. The site also represents the earliest official government documentation of any location on the Santa Fe Trail. In 1821 William Becknell and his small group of men on horseback documented this site as they traveled from frontier Missouri to Mexico’s northern colonial outpost, Santa Fe.  The first wagons to carry freight over the Santa Fe Trail crossed here in 1822. More details to follow. 

Sept. 22, 2021:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, LaJunta, CO

Sept. 22-26, 2021 Official 200th Commemoration Activity:  SFTA Symposium hosted by the Bent’s Fort Chapter and the Bent’s Fort National Historic Site.  Events will be held in La Junta, CO & at Bent’s Old Fort NHS and will include speakers, tours, and living history.  More details to follow.   

 

 

 

 


Our Mission
The mission of the Santa Fe Trail Association is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.  The Santa Fe Trail Association’s purposes are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.